The Best Door Locks for Your Rental Property

The type of lock on the door can make the difference between a home that is protected and safe, and a break-in. Good door locks are something your tenant will use every day. And, you use it to get in for inspections, so it is an important investment. But with so many options out there, how do you know which lock is best for your rental property? Let’s look at types of door locks for your rental property and some key considerations.

Smart Locks

If you’re thinking of going keyless altogether, a smart lock might be for you. Smart locks have a lot of intriguing features:

  • More convenience and simple installation
  • You can control the lock remotely to let people in
  • More security – a smart lock will notify you if your door has been left unlocked or if someone has entered the premises
  • No more making copies of keys
  • You can instantly change the code upon tenant move-out so there is no risk of unlawful re-entry

If you rent your property out for weekends, or one-and-two week stays, you don’t want to be changing the lock after each guest! Many people who list their property on websites like AirBnB opt for non-traditional keyless door locks. These increasingly popular locks can only be opened by someone who has the correct access code.

Properties that have one or two main access points are also good fits for a smart lock. They can also be a big attraction for renters due to the convenience and increased security. The biggest disadvantage of smart locks is that they are more expensive.

Traditional Deadbolts

Traditional deadbolts are a very common type of lock. Mainly because they are some of the most secure locks that you will ever come across. There are two types of deadbolts: single cylinder deadbolt and the double cylinder deadbolt. The difference between the two is that the single cylinder has a keyed cylinder on one side of the door, while the double cylinder type has a keyed cylinder on both sides of the door.

Many deadbolt manufacturers, such as KwikSet and Schlage (two big names with quality products) have options that allow for easy rekeying. This allows the landlord or property manager to easily re-key the lock within seconds if a tenant loses their key. This can save money by bypassing the locksmith to come in and change the locks.

Mortise Locks

Mortise locks are another very popular option, because they are strong, reliable and designed to last. A mortise lock is fitted inside the edge of the door, where the mortise lock cylinder is inserted into a hollow in the door’s edge. A strike plate functions as the lining for a recess in the frame into which the bolt fits. Mortise locks are perfect for buildings that have very heavy foot traffic. These locks are often found in older buildings before the advent of bored cylindrical locks, but have been making a comeback in upmarket properties or properties where there are many renters, as it can stand up to constant use. Manufacturers like Abloy and Medeco are well known for their mortise locks.